7920 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park 913-341-4455
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What are you doing to keep a safe and clean classroom environment?

    The Culinary Center of Kansas City has been hosting cooking classes, corporate team buildings, special events and private parties for over 23 years. Since day one, the safety and well-being of everyone in our kitchens has been our number one priority. Whether it’s food safety or air safety, we have always and will continue to take all appropriate precautions to ensure a safe work and learning environment. 

    Your Safety Is Important To Us: As always, we are committed to providing the highest degree of safety for our guests and our staff and will continue to follow all applicable governmental orders concerning the pandemic. 

  • What is your current mask policy?

    Your Safety Is Important To Us: As always, we are committed to providing the highest degree of safety for our guests and our staff and will continue to follow all applicable governmental orders concerning the pandemic. 

  • My child has special needs, issues with focus or concentration or other behavioral issues - can I still sign them up for a kids' class?

    Our cooking instructors are skilled in teaching culinary education at an age appropriate level.  Several of our instructors even have early childhood and teaching background and certification.  However, we are not equipped to work with, nor are these classes designed for, children who may have special needs, issues with focus, or difficulty with sitting still to listen and concentrate on the instructor or issues with relating to other students in a classroom setting.  When we encounter a student who requires significant special attention, the experience for the other students suffers.  While our class and cooking camps are well staffed, we just don’t have the staff to be able to allocate someone to work directly with your child for the entire class.  Should we identify a situation where we believe a student falls within one or more of these categories, we will be contacting you to pick up your students.  Unfortunately we will not be able to issue a refund for all or any part of the class or camp fees.   Please feel free to call us to discuss any questions or concerns that you feel should be discussed in advance of your child’s class.  Please be aware of our 5-day cancellation policy. 

  • What is the minimum age for your 'Adult' cooking classes?

    There is a minimum age of 14 for our adult classes. Adult classes are those that do not specifically note the age range for which the class is designed. We regret that we cannot make exceptions. In order to make this a pleasant learning experience for all students, and due to liability issues, no young children or babies are allowed to accompany you in class or wait for you in a separate room here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.

  • What if I want to sit with my friends during a class?

    At the time of your reservation, please let us know if you are with another party so that you are seated together. This can be done by typing in this information in the "Instructions/Comments"box as you check-out.  If you don't let us know in advance, we can't guarantee that you'll be able to be seated together as we designate seats prior to student arrival.

  • What should I wear to the cooking class?

    For classes involving any level of hands-on activity, we recommend comfortable clothing and kitchen-safe shoes.  For all classes, business casual is appropriate.  Please note that if you are registered for any of our Professional Culinary Arts Classes, you are required to wear a chef coat and kitchen-safe non-skid shoes.

  • What does "Hands On", "Limited Hands On", "Demonstration" and "Participation" mean in the description of classes?

    Please see each class description to discover the level of hands on participation by students in that particular class.  Generally, each class will be designated as one f the following:    

    • Hands On. Students can expect a significant amount of participation in the class 
    • Limited Hands On. The class will involve hands on by students but to a more limited degree. 
    • Demonstration. Students learn by observing the instructor - no hands on participation is involved. 
  • Will I get to taste the food we're making during a cooking class?

    Tastings  in a class description means you will get to taste everything that is demonstrated in class. You may be served the tastings one at a time or all at one time at the end of class. Lunch  means you will be served a full lunch, seated at tables. Dinner  means you will be served a full dinner, seated at tables.

  • Can I bring a friend/parent/child/infant to the class with me?

    We would be happy to register additional people in a class, assuming there are spaces available, however it will not be possible to sit in the back and just watch a class or event.  In addition, we cannot allow infants or children to attend with a registered guest.

  • How can I view the schedule of classes?

    To view our class schedule, go the home page of our website at www.kcculinary.com and click on Cooking Classes, then click on the desired form of viewing our cooking classes.  

  • What does the "MBQI" logo mean in the description of a class?

    Classes marked with the "MBQI" logo are part of The Culinary Center of Kansas City's Midwest Barbeque Institute™, which provides serious and comprehensive education in the art of barbeque and smoking. Find out more about our MBQI program on our kcculinary.com website.

  • Do you offer any discount if I sign up for multiple classes?
    At this time, we do not offer any discounts for multiple class registrations.
  • Can I bring my own food or alcoholic beverages to classes and events?

    Our policy does not allow for outside food or beverage to be brought in for any event or class (except unopened bottles of wine, in which case you will be charged a $35 corking fee per 750 ml bottle). However, we have full bar capabilities and we do offer alcoholic beverages for purchase (beyond what is already included in your chosen class) and we are happy to work with you and your needs for special dietary restrictions, special bar requests, etc. with advance notice. Thank you.

  • Which of your entrances should I use when I come to a class/event?

    Please enter through our Main Entrance on Santa Fe Street (7920 Santa Fe, Overland Park, KS) and we will direct you to one of our two teaching kitchens (The Tuscan Kitchen or the Santa Fe Kitchen).  

  • What if inclement weather is threatened and I have a cooking class to attend?

    Like the postal service, neither rain, nor snow will keep us from the kitchen…well, actually, that’s a lie because sometimes weather DOES keep us from our kitchens!  Here’s the deal when there is inclement weather:

    • We will make a determination no later than 2 hours priorto a class.

    • When we make that determination, we will make every attempt to notify you using the information you provided to us upon registration. (Stop!  Read that again… think about the phone number you have on your account with us.  If it’s your land line and you don’t answer it, like hardly ever…(i.e.,it’s just there in case you lose power on your i-phone…or whatever) then it will be darned hard for us to let you know what the deal is with the class cancellation.  If your email is ONLY used for communications with your foot therapist and your account with us, then chances are you’re not going to check it often.) If we do choose to notify everyone via phone and we are not able to speak with you in person, we will leave a message. We will assume that you listen to your phone messages on a regular basis.

    • Email will be the preferred method of giving noticebecause we have the ability to email everyone in the class with a single email.  So, ladies and gents, if the weather is icky… check  your email often.

    • Website Posting:  you could also check the website calendar for an added note to your class description relating to class cancellation.

    Bottom Lineunless you hear from us either via email or phone (see above), the class will be held.

    Whew… that was a lot of information but we want you to be informed!!

  • Is it safe to use my credit card online?

    Online payment via credit card is secure, fast, easy and will guarantee that your registration is processed immediately. We are using a certtiifcate : 128-bit SSL encryption.

  • What methods of payment do you accept ?

    Our online system allows us to accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover.